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PhD Social networks in the emergence of sustainable cooperation (1.0 FTE)

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    Utrecht University
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    20/04/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Utrecht


We are seeking a candidate for a PhD project titled Social networks in the emergence of sustainable cooperation: the case of care cooperatives. This position focuses on the social network of care cooperatives, and it will examine conditions under which care cooperatives are developed and sustained. We will seek to collaborate with a national network of care cooperatives to collect survey data among members of multiple care cooperatives measuring social networks of participants, the nature of participation, care needs, and other relevant variables. In addition, laboratory experiments will be designed to study causal mechanisms that link social network structure, group size, and institutional factors to cooperation in cooperatives. Depending on the expertise and interests of the candidate, alternative research designs around the theme of emergence of (care) cooperatives can also be considered. A detailed project description can be found here.

The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research program SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies. SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. SCOOP brings together researchers of the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The PhD student will participate in the SCOOP PhD training program.

Your responsibilities will be:

  • conducting the research (literature research, collecting and analysing data, reporting results), resulting in international scientific publications and a dissertation;
  • assisting in data collection, experiments and advanced methods of statistical data analysis;
  • presenting results at national and international scientific conferences;
  • teaching (max. 10% per year);
  • active participation in the research group of the project and of the department;
  • ambition to collaborate with (inter)national partners and to pay visits to these partners.

More Information


We offer a position (1.0 FTE) for one year. In case of good performance, the employment will be extended with another three years. The gross salary ranges between €2,325 in the first year and €2,972 in the fourth year (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, the choice for a good balance between work and private, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Selection process

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you are interested, please upload your letter of application and curriculum vitae via the 'apply' button below.

Applications should also include:
• A publication list (if you have any)
• Diploma and/or official overview of grades
• Contact information of two references
• A sample of your own academic writing, such as a (concept of your) Master’s thesis.

Interviews are planned on 29 April 2020 (Dutch local time).

Given the current health situation in the Netherlands, we may decide to have video interviews.

Additional comments

For more information about this position, please contact:
Tanja van der Lippe, via t.vanderlippe@uu.nl or Rense Corten via R.Corten@uu.nl.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

You should have:

  • (almost) finished a (Research) Master's degree in the domain of Sociology, or a related discipline;
  • a solid training in analytical sociology or related field;
  • eagerness to learn to work in an interdisciplinary research team and to conduct interdisciplinary research in the SCOOP programme;
  • an excellent academic record;
  • eagerness to publish international articles and write a dissertation;
  • good social and communication skills;
  • excellent command of English and academic writing skills;
  • motivation and ability to teach undergraduate Sociology courses.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Utrecht University
3512 JE
Domplein 29

EURAXESS offer ID: 508879
Posting organisation offer ID: 290915


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